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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Opuestos - Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish - Cynthia Weill

I received this book from Cinco Puntos Press via the Picnic Basket website, and I have to say, I think it would be a fabulous book for our beginning Spanish classes, our ELL classes AND for our art classes.

The book is a simple picture book with words like "alike" and "different, "long" and "short,"face" and "tail, " etc. given in both English and Spanish, and then "illustrated" with a photo of an animal carving done by the Santiago brothers who live in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The animal figurines are brightly painted and the backgrounds on the pages are extremely simple, plain bright colors with a simple border around the page. Each page is a different color.

This book is so simple, yet it is delightful and visually interesting. It will be an excellent addition to our collection and very useful in the classroom.

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